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for the number of people who claimed first-time unemployment benefits the previous week. and this week's number is lower than it was expected to be. it's also the lowest we've seen since july. which is a relief. because that number has been ticking up. 451,000 people claimed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week. they went online or called an unemployment office or they went to one. that's still high. i would love it if it were 300,000, if it were 400,000, wooeld still be okay. but it is lower. there's another big piece of information. you'll hear people to refer to this all the time. our trade deficit. the difference between what we import, what we buy from other countries and what we export. obviously we import a lot more than we export. well, the u.s. trade deficit dropped sharply last month. again, unexpectedly. due largely to the fact that we are exporting record numbers of goods and i'll tell you about that in a second. these are two very, very important parts of our economy which indicate, well, maybe things aren't all that bad. maybe people aren't, things
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aren't as bad as some people will have you believe. now i want to tell you about four bright spots in the economy right now. one of them, i said we're exporting a lot. one of the things we're exporting a lot of are farming products. things that we farm here in america. and largely that's because there are developing economies like brazil and china, who are buying more of what we export. in fact, china is set now to become the second-biggest buyer of things that produced on american farms. the biggest buyer, he for your information, is canada. number two, mergers and acquisitions, we've been talking about this. you may have heard about it. we don't talk about it all the that much on cnn. but companies are buying more goods, they're buying more other companies in fact. so that's an important development. that's always a sign that some people think that companies are trading for less money than they're worth. that's always a good sign. i also want to show you about manufacturing. we keep on talking about the fact that manufacturing is down in america. but the fact is, in the last month, manufacturing was actually up. manufacturing jobs were not up.
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we keep losing manufacturing jobs. but we actually hired more manufacturing temporary workers in august. so something is going on in the manufacturing industry. i can't quite put my finger on it. but something's happening there. i want to tell you about automobiles. we have had a rough month in automobiles in the last month or so. but the fact is detroit, which was supposed to have fallen off a cliff a year and a half ago, is sort of back in business. the reality is we are selling cars, they are introducing newer models. things that are more competitive in this high gas price environment market. there seem to be glimmers of hope in the car industry and very shortly i'm going to talk to a very important man in the car industry, carlos ghosn. the head of renault and the head of nissan. a new book coming out by president obama's former auto czar said he was asked to come to the united states and run gm. he said no. i'm going to ask him why he did that in a few minutes. now, i also want to tell you about something that's not so good. one of the things about doing business in america is that we are thought to be one of the
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most competitive economies in the entire world. that is changing. according to the world economic forum, the united states has actually slipped in competitiveness. i'll tell you, let me show you the top five countries. the number one country for competitiveness is actually switzerland right now. it moved up. it's actually number one for the second year in a row. number two is sweden, they were in the number four spot last year. they've moved up. singapore is number three, the same as last year. but the united states now number four. we were the second-most competitive country in the world last year. now we're the fourth. i want to tell you a little bit more about this. germany is number five. let's take a look at other countries in the world. the united kingdom is number 12 in competitiveness. china is number 27. india is number 51. it's actually slipped a little bit. what do we use to measure competitiveness? a lot of things. number one, debt and deficit. interest rates, access to money, things like that. in the united states one of the biggest concerns is not just the
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lingering public debt and deficit. but the state of the financial markets that are not yet fully stabilized. the other thing, this is interesting, all of our political bickering is actually costing us. the world economic forum cited the weakening of public and private institutions. i.e., the public's lack of faith in politicians. this is important, because as you try and attract companies to come to your country. open factories, open businesses and employ people. if you are not seen as competitive, you're competing with those people who might be seen as more competitive than you are. in this case, other countries, so that is very, very important to our economy. so the u.s. -- right now benefitting on some fronts, some parts of the economy are doing okay. but one of the biggest concerns from a higher level is how competitive we are. and it does appear that we are losing ground in terms of competitiveness in america. okay, i want to take you now to dallas, one torn-up town and one very lucky truck driver. tornadoes hit the city yesterday forcing the trucker's semi into a brick building and causing it
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to collapse on to his cab. here's today's sound effect. >> yeah, i'm okay. i'm okay. okay. >> you say you're all right? you need help? >> yeah, i'm going to need some help. >> i stopped to see if there was anybody hurt. and the guy over there was pinned inside that truck. and me and some other people pulled the door open to get him out that was it. >> he's obviously shaken up but he wasn't seriously hurt. brian burns, the man who came to his rescue said he used a crow bar to help get miller out of the truck. he said other people also helped. here's a look at the menacing storm as it raced through. forecasters say tropical depression hermine spawned these twisters. other than miller there are no reports of any injuries. that's pretty impressive. a warning from eye man feisal abdul rauf, who says canceling plans to build an
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the controversy about the islamic center near ground zero has centered around a man who proposed the idea. imam feisal abdul rauf who has been out of the country for several weeks while all of this has been going on. he returned and he talked first for the first time on tv with cnn's soledad o'brien. he did it last night. he said that if he had been able
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to think about when would have happened, the reaction this would have all generated, he might not have made the decision to want to develop the mosque where he did. but now that all of the outcry has showed itself. he said it's got to stay where it is. here's why. >> if we moved from that location, the story will be that the radicals have taken over the discourse. the headlines in the muslim world will be, that islam is under attack. and i'm less concerned about the radicals in america than i am concerned about the radicals in the muslim world. the danger from the radicals in the muslim world to our national security, to the national security of our troops, the concern for american citizens who live and work and travel overseas will increasingly be compromised if the radicals are
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strengthened. and if we do move, it will strengthen the argument of the radicals to recruit, their ability to recruit and their increasing aggression and violence against our country. >> so aggression and violence against our country, referring to terrorism, fears of terrorism as we come up on the ninth anniversary of september 11th. obviously fears of terrorism are figuring very prominently in all of our discourse. in about an hour i'm going to release a new poll that cnn and the opinion research corporation have put together to tell you about how you feel about the fear of terrorism. changing subjects for a second, imagine running different companies on different continents or being asked to be the president, by the president of the united states to heal a sickly auto giant. you're going to meet the mr. fix-it of the auto industry. i want to find out what he thinks the fix is now. [v:tv][c
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in a soon-to-be published book, president obama's former auto czar confirms that he asked carlos ghosn. the ceo of both renault and nissan to run gm. ghosn declined and actually resurrected an old suggestion that general motors become part of the renault/nissan alliance. what part of the story is more puzzling to you? that the u.s. needed a braz brazilian-born, lebanese-raised head. or that carlos turned president obama down? well if you know carlos ghosn, and i do, none of that is all that surprising. despite recent struggles with his companies, carlos ghosn remains the wunderkind of the
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auto world. he's the head of renault/nissan, an alliance of two large automakers. he's been approached to run ford, chrysler and even fiat. he's shunned those offers, preferring to stay focused on the system he build at renault/nissan. if he's so smart, what does he say the solution is for today's global auto industry? let's ask him directly. carlos ghosn joins me now from amsterdam. carlos, thank you for being with us, good to see you again. let me start with the obvious question -- if this is true, what steven ratner says in his book. first of all, is it true? and if it is, why did you say no? >> it is true. well first i proposed again what i believe in, that general motors should join the alliance and share with the synergies that could develop. and he said that he would not, he would not see this happening. but on the contrary, he proposed for me to take the job as ceo of general motors and i declined. and i declined for a very simple reason. as you know, at that moment, and
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we're still are in one of the worst downturns that the auto industry has faced in the history. and i felt that you know, i can't quit. i am responsible for nissan and renault and particularly whenever you are entitle middle of a storm, you are in charge, you have to deliver, you have to get the company out of the storm. so it was not the time to leave my present responsibilities. >> americans will remember back a few years ago, before the worst of what hit the auto industry happened, kirk kerkorian had recommended that gm bring you in. you sort of liked the idea that you would like an american partner in this whole thing. you run two car companies on two different continents. i don't want to begin to know what your schedule is like. what would this do for renault and nissan? what would it do for an american automaker to be part of this worldwide alliance? >> when we made a study with general motors between renault and nissan and general motors in
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2006 and we were just analyzing to see what was on the table for us, if we were to join forces. the amount of synergies we were able to identify was really colossal. obviously it was a challenge to make them happen, respecting the ought onmy and differentization between each company. but this was really the motivation for us, is to be able, each one being in its own turf, to add to the profit and add to the competitiveness of each company. >> okay. the government said no to that, i don't know if it was because of the times we were in or as steven ratner said in his book, there was too much overlap. do you think that can still work? >> no, i don't think, i don't think anything like this can work unless there is a mutual appetite. i don't believe in mergers, i believe more in alliances. and for alliances to work, you need to have people from both sides convinced that this is the right thing to do.
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as long as one of the partners is not convinced, it's going to stop there. >> dell me what you think, then. because you've been invited in the past to join ford and run it. you've been invited to join chrysler. now chrysler is owned by fiat. you've been invited to join that. now we find out you were invited to join and run general motors. what's the state of the auto industry in the united states? >> well i think, i think it's recovering. slowly but surely. i think we are much better today than we were obviously two years, two years ago. the recovery is not as strong as we would like it to be. but i think it's steadily getting there. i think this year the industry is going to be around 11.5 million cars, up compared to last year and i think 2011 will see another year of growth. so i'm reasonably optimist ig on the fact that we're getting out of the crisis. >> let's talk about the leaf because we're expecting to see it at the end of this year, beginning of next year. do you think it's a real corner we're turning with the leaf and the chevy volt into electric
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cars? do you think we're going to be in a world a few years down the road where everybody will be driving electric cars? >> i think it's going to take a long time, ali. i think our forecast in ten years, 10% of the total sales globally will be made by zero-emission cars, which are electric car for the moment. because it's require as lot of investment. the technology is going to have to develop a lot. but there is today a very strong spontaneous demand for the electric car. we're going to start to mass-market the leaf in december in the united states and in japan. we have already a lot of hand-raisers who are very optimistic. but it's going to be a long road for this technology to be a dominant technology. i think we're talking about 20 or 30 years. >> let's try to get one down here to atlanta. i would like to drive one around and try it out. listen, you have a remarkable advantage, having been born in brazil, working in asia for much
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of your time. the u.s. remains the dominant automobile marketplace in the world, but it's not the fa fastest-growing marketplace in the world. i know you signed an agreement to build a specific chinese brand of car, a venture in china. tell me where this auto industry is going and how it's going to affect my viewers, americans in determines of the design and price and type of cars they drive? >> well i think the u.s. is going to remain a very important market for all car makers. even though you know, emerging markets are going to be the main engine of growth, particularly china. but not only china, you can add india and brazil and russia. but the u.s. is still going to be a very important force for us. which means that when we will design cars, we will still take mainly into consideration, what the u.s. consumer wants and what are the important features for the u.s. consumer. now the difference with the past is before you know we were taking many considerations, the u.s. consumer, the japanese consumer, the european consumer.
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now we have to take into consideration the chinese consumer, who is really one of the dominant forces of the industry. china became the largest market in the world last year. and i think this is going to continue to be the case for the years to come. >> i'm going to get you back some dime and we're going to have a conversation on how to get job offers. because there's always rumors surrounding you. the latest rumor is that tata group of india, which owns land rover and jaguar, wants you to come and run tata group. is that true? >> no, i think this is speculation, ali. this one is not, is not true. but you know, as long as the successor or the so-called successor of tata has not been designated, i'm expecting a lot of rumors to fly around this. >> very good, good it talk to you. we look forward to seeing you again, maybe we willing see you in detroit at the auto show and we can take a spin around in the leaf when you're in the united states. >> exactly, thank you, ali. carlos ghosn, the ceo of
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folks, i want to bring you up to speed with the news we're just getting in right now. the u.s. state department is issuing a travel alert to caution u.s. citizens of the potential for anti-u.s. demonstrations in many countries in response to stated plans by a church in florida to burn korans on the anniversary of the september 11th 2001 attacks.
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demonstrations, i'm reading this from the state department. demonstrations, some violent, have already taken place in several countries, including afghanistan and indonesia. in response to media reports of the church's plans. the potential for further protests and demonstrations, some of which may turn violent, remains high. they're urging travelers to pay attention to local reaction on the situation and to avoid areas where demonstrations may take place. so the u.s. state department is issuing a travel alert. there's several levels, we'll talk about this with one of our reporters shortly. there's several levels of warnings from the state department. this is not the highest level. it's an alert to say if this koran-burning goes ahead on saturday as planned, and as pastor terry jones says it will, this may affect americans traveling overseas. we'll bring you more information on this as it develops. i want to talk to my good friend, rick sanchez, who takes over for me every day in this spot when he does rick's list. he's coming out with a brand new book called "conventional
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idiocy: why the new america is sick of old politics." rick, it is a great read. i loved it. not just because of the insights, but because it tells bits about your perspective on things that have happened to you. one of the things that happens to you a lot is you get into it with other people, sometimes other broadcasters and at other networks. they, they hone in on you like a target. >> why are you so afraid to say fox news, ali? >> i was sort of thinking about them. >> it's kind of where you were going, right? >> yeah. >> sometimes, sometimes people in the business, you know, even our own industry, need to be called out as well. if you're wrong, you're wrong. that's just the way it's got to be. if fox news goes on the air and says cnn didn't cover that event, well, it's my job to go
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on the air and say, well wait a minute, folks. you know what, folks, we did cover that event. and if they say we're not covering that event, that's a lie. you know, just like the shirley sherrod incident recently, we had to set that straight. not because we're any great shakes. you did some of those interviews, i did the interview with the two old southern farmers who came on my air and said, you know what, shirley sherrod is a good woman and she's not a racist. between andrew brightbart and fox news -- >> it was andrew breitbart's very incomplete story about shirley sherrod. >> andrew breitbart's story about a woman who was trying to make a point that she was not a bigot or a racist look like a
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bigot and a racist. that's to a certain extent -- well, it's an injustice, that's being done to a good woman. and breitbart did that. to be clear, because they said we did, no, no, as soon as they put that on his website, fox news put it on their website. >> when you're deciding, because it's an obvious decision some days to be fox's fact-checker. what raises it to the level that you have to then get involved and call somebody else out on something you think isn't true? because clearly, there are all sorts of people in the media saying things all the time. some of which are just not true. >> yeah. a lot of people saying things about me. a lot of people saying things about you. as a matter of fact, if you're going to work in this business and you don't want to be blogged about or talked about. that's almost like saying i want to ge in the ocean, but i don't want to get wet. it's going to happen. so you might as well just, as my mother used to say -- once you get any kind of fame, you might
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as well go to sleep because it's all going to happen around you. the point is this, ali. when the threshold is that they're saying something about you as an institution, when they're saying something about cnn, the network where i work, where i, that i love and that i think is certainly one of the most important networks in the world, and they're going out there and saying, they're irresponsible because they didn't cover that story, and i go in our files and i say -- wait, we covered it 25 times. how can you say that? when you take an ad in a newspaper and say that we didn't cover the tea party in washington and then i look at the files and i meet with some of our own researchers at cnn and say, am i crazy? i think we covered that story. and they say, yeah, we covered it 25 to 30 times and here's the video, that's speaking truth. and when a woman like shirley sherrod is besmirched, a good woman, and we have an opportunity as a news organization to speak truth,
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then that's our responsibility as well. and those are the types of things that we've done. that's what i detail. i mean that's what i talk about. >> if you ran into bill o'reilly now, what would you say to him? do you respect what he does as a journalist? a very successful one? or would you tell him, stop lying about us? >> well, look, i think -- i think bill o'reilly is va very talented guy and a very smart guy and i give him credit for being a journalist first. and he's decided he's going to aim his show to a certain demographic, which is fine. the only problem, again stuff that comes out in the book is it's okay to aim your message to a certain audience. but when you're aiming your message to a certain audience at the expense of another audience, in other words, you know, ali, it's like if you and i could do this in our neighborhood right now. i could back to my neighborhood and find one person at the end of the block, the lady at the
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end of the block, we've all got to watch out for her, because she's such-and-such or i saw her do this. before you know it i'm a hero, because i'm getting everybody against one lady. but that lady may not have done anything wrong. this coalescing of forces by splitting people demographically is not a good trend. as a matter of fact i write about two things in my book when it comes to our profession. something that you and i talk about all the time. we don't, we don't, we're not perfect at this. i mess up as much as the next guy, so do you, so do all of us. but there's a certain demagoguery that goes out there. the screaming machine in some parts of our media, that are just a bit obsessive and over the top. just like there are some of us in this profession that are, what i call mainstream milk milquetoasts, that say i've got a guest on that says it's raining outside and another
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guest that says,is not raining outside. all you've got to do is stick your head out the window and see if it's raining. you don't need two guests to tell you that. >> it's been a great read to me and people understand you better if they read this. i hope they do. rick, great work. "conventional idiocy." by my friend, rick sanchez. it is blue versus red. as we get closer to the november elections. tj holmes is in a state that's not quite sure which way it's leaning. we're in indiana with the cnn election express. ♪
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okay, get this -- a home with moving walls and hidden rooms. in the future, that could be the new normal. angela roe has this story in the edge of discovery. >> reporter: hong kong is among the most densely-populated places on earth. with seven million people sharing just 1100 square kilometers of land. sure, there are ways to make less look like more. but hong kong architects gary chan has gone one better. so this is 330 -- >> 350 square feet. >> and it turns into how many rooms? >> roughly, at least 20. >> 20 rooms in that tiny space? how is that possible, you may ask. >> instead of me moving from one room to the other. in this home, the space changes for me. >> behold, the kitchen. >> and this is the mini bar.
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>> nothing goes to waste here. a few more wall shifts reveal the master bedroom. the office, the laund are area, a spa-themed bathroom. guest accommodation and more. there's even a mini movie theater. hong kong's biggest little home even works as a party pad. gary once entertained 20 friends here. he admits that when guests wanted to have private phone conversations, well, they had to do it in the shower. but it seems a small price to pay for all that space. angela rowe, cnn, hong kong. ♪
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the biggest issue to most people is the economy. today's stop is indianapolis, cnn's tj holmes joins us live from there. tj, indianapolis, indiana, place in 2008, then presidential knt obama turned things around. no democrat in 40 years had done that until that night. what's it looking like now? >> yeah, you think? teeing it up for me perfectly. let's roll the video we have of the moment you were talking about. he came here two weeks, ali, before election day. a lot of people thought that was nuts. they're like, does he know what goes on in indiana? they hadn't voted for a democrat in the last 40-something years. so why is he here? he must have known something was up. he ended up winning this state by one percentage point and doing something that no democrat had done in some 44 years. you see the rally. it was taking place there, actually where i'm standing here today. at this big mall here in
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downtown indianapolis. well, things have changed here a bit. they're thinking maybe the state could go back a little red here in the mid-terms. you've got nine congressional districts, five held by democrats, but two of three are considered to be in play for republicans. you also have a senate seat that could change hands as well. because evan bayh, decided he's not going to seek re-election. so you have another democrat, brad ellsworth who is down by 20 percentage points. but don't tell him that. he stopped by here at the a election express a short time ago and he explained what he sees happening right now. i want you to listen to him closely when i asked him about stimulus. you're proud of your record, your past. are you proud of the vote on the stimulus bill? >> i think it was necessary. it was something we had to do to stop this economy from going over the brink. and i'll stand by that vote. >> we need more? >> i appreciate some of the things that the president is saying he'd like to do.
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i don't want political gimmicks, from either side. this is too serious and too important. >> are you saying this is possibly a gimmick? >> i'm saying in the next 60 days, things that either party says in the next 60 days just to get votes or elections is not what i'm about. >> now you heard him there, ali, i asked him specifically about the president's proposals. and he used the word "gimmick." after that he said i'm not saying what the president is doing is a gimmick. but he said anything that's being proposed as the next step, another solution, you want to bring it up between now and election day, 50 days away? he doesn't think it has a chance in the world of passing. but he is holding on, right here now. he says his internal polling shows he's up. every other poll shows he's down. this is one seat, where a difference can be made. and possibly a republican is going to take back the senate. this one of those states they need to take. >> tj, thank you for bringing us that. tj holmes in indianapolis with
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okay, we're going to go a little retro with today's big i. let's look back at video gaming systems over the years.
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i wouldn't have guessed that it started in the 1950s. the first documented computer game was called knots and crosses, which you would know as tic tac toe. in the '60s, check out the big thing on the bottom. that's the brown box. it was the first game console developed to work with a standard television. obviously there were games that worked other than with a television. the '70s, this is what i remember, look at that, that console there. the big orange one there. there were a few developments there, pong, space invaders, magnavox odyssey. atarri, they all came out with video game consoles. i did say nintendo as well, it was called the color tv game 6, that's the orange console you see right at the bottom over there. don't be scared, you can come in and take a look at that let's move over to the '80s for a second. that was the golden age of video arcade games. you can see there that we've got games like pac man and
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centipede, kong. frogger. the mid 1980s, nintendo released its big console, the nintendo entertainment system. see it up on the top next to donkey kong? that sold tens of millions of units and can still be found in used game stores and yard sales around the country. in the late '8 0s sega released its game systems to compete with nintendo. let's move into the '90s, during this decade that nintendo actually released the n-64, the nintendo 64. the real boom was the release of sony's playstation. sega tried to keep up with its dreamcast console. games from the '90s like "final fantasy" "resident evil." that's when things started to get interesting. and in the 2000s, microsoft hit the video game industry with a big bang, releasing xbox and then xbox 360.
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playstation ii and iii both came out in the last decade. as did nintendo's game cube and then the nintendo wii. now today marks a big day in gaming history. 15 years ago today, playstation exploded onto the market. and to honor that anniversary, i want to bring in one of the guys who helped develop playstation i, playstation ii and playstation iii. he is the ceo of sony entertainment america, jack trenton, joining us from our new york bureau. jack, good to see you, thank you for being with us. >> pleasure to be here, ali. >> when you look back at, when you were developing these things all those years ago, what were you thinking? were you thinking that it was going to be, that gaming was going to be the big deal that it is today? and most importantly, that gaming was not going to be something for sort of the teenaged set, it was going to be something for a more mature audience? >> well, i started out in the mid '80s. and at that time companies really felt that console gaming would ultimately transition into
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pc entertainment business. and while the pc entertainment gaming business is strong, it's dwarfed by the console business. and playstation was really a game-changer in terms of bringing in a more mature audience, a more diverse audience. >> and yet, computers have gotten faster, more effective and more compact. why did gaming not become a computer thing as opposed to a separate console? >> well it really became a social experience. something that you wanted to do with friends in the living room. i think a pc experience is typically in an office or in an isolated experience. it's really one consumer at a time. gaming is a live experience. a very social experience. and something you want to do with friends gathered around. and the console really lends itself to that experience. plus the console is really a dedicated device featuring gaming as opposed to something that's an ancillary benefit. i think most people still buy a pc for things other than gaming first and foremost. >> interestingly, i've got an
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xbox and a wii, mostly i use them to watch movies on them. you can do all sorts of things on them now that you could do when i first had an atari. what do the consoles did for people that when you started in the '80s with playstation i, you could never could see that people were going to use the machines for? >> clearly started out with a dedicated games console and it was first and foremoefrt and almost exclusively, gaming. we ushered in cd playback with the original playstation and dvd with playstation ii. and with playstation iii, you've got a multimedia device that the entire family can take advantage of. watching blu-ray movies, listening to digital music, watching digital movies. downloading content from the internet, surfing the internet. it's a multifaceted device that's the center of the living room. it appeals to gamers, but is not exclusive to gamers, there's every form of entertainment possible on the playstation iii. >> it's a lot more than just gaming on all of these consoles.
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jack, good to talk to you. thanks very much. it must be great to look back at everything that's happened in this industry. it really has exploded far beyond most people's imaginations. jack tretton is the ceo of sony's entertainment of america. you're looking at a live demonstration, this comes a long way from when i was a kid, using atari. we'll look at it, when we come back. but then calls your interior lexus quiet. and automobile magazine goes comparing you to a cadillac. ♪ so much for the new kid fitting in with the rest of the class. the all new chevrolet cruze. starting under $17,000. get used to more. ♪ [ but aleve can last 12 hours. tylenol 8 hour lasts 8 hours. and aleve was proven to work better on pain than tylenol 8 hour. so why am i still thinking about this?
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let me be clear. i wasn't much of a big gamer. i was like everybody else at my age, we played video games. there were an advance over going to the, you know, the arcade and playing on ping-pong machines,
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but i never understood how this leap and bound took place, but what it did is took game from something that kids did to something that people did in all walks of life and all ages. so i'm joined now by dr. richard marx. he has a lot of degrees behind him in robotics. he's a central researcher at playstation, sony commuting entertainment in america. thanks, pete. and pete handles our graphics for us. this is coming out next week. this is the new iteration coming from sony. isn't that what the wii has? >> it's different because it has a camera in it. it know what is you're doing. when i move the sword somewhere, the sword moves virtually just like that. >> so i'm the guy on the right? >> no, you're -- >> i'm the schad do-- shadow.
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i got you good. i'm not advocating violence here. you have sports games like this. all those kinds of things. >> i want to use the super strike on you. now i can do special move, all sorts of special attacks. >> now what's the thing this is going to do for gaming, this technology. what does this take us to? >> it gives us a lot more responsiveness and precision. we can really get more about what the player wants to do into the game. >> from sitting on the couch to getting up anticipate doing it. you have sports-type things with this? >> not doing kind of what you want, you can do exactly what you want to do. >> how is the technology different from the wii? i have a playstation, but i don't have this. how is it different? >> we have also the cameras a very integral part of the system. the camera gives us the ability to know where it is in your room. so when you hold it high, when you hold it low, not just how you're swinging it. >> i see.
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and this is coming out next week? >> september 19. >> and you have games that go along with it. we have games that are for casual people, games for really core audience people. >> this is fantastic. this is a lot of fun. i'm not a gamer and this v no skills, but something new comes out all the time and it's fascinating. thanks for showing us. it's remarkable. this is going to be the next big thing for a while. president obama pours millions of dollars into his party. just one of the top political stories this hour. stay with us.
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candy crowley joins me now from washington. part of the best political team on television. what's on the political ticker this hour? >> i found something for you to do this weekend if you want. it won't cost all that much. sarah palin and glenn beck, the conservative fox news commentator are pairing up again. they just had a joint rally here
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in washington not that long ago. they are now going to have another event on 9/11 this saturday. they are going to be holding a -- this one is for pay. that's the big difference. you can get seats anywhere from $65 to $225. according to our reporting, it's almost full, and it will be on 9/11. according to palin's facebook page, quote, we can count on glenn to make the night interesting and inspiring. so that is a patriot salute on 9/11. also want to tell you, we're thinking how much is it worth to the president of the united states to maintain a democratic congress? and i can give you a dollar figure, at least. $4.5 million, because that's how much the president has taken from his funds from his old campaign fund and put into various democratic entities to try and help at least mitigate what even democrats say might be really big losses.
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and finally, this is about the time, believe it or not, when we begin to watch the plane flights into iowa and into new hampshire. and one caught our eye. newt gingrich is headed to iowa on thursday. four different kind of political stops where he will make speeches for candidates or for funds. all political causes. always, always and never too early to talk about 2012. certainly newt gingrich's name has been out there. but this is also the time when people who are on the speaking circuit, people who do sell books try to keep their name out there as much as possible. and it certainly helps to keep us talking about whether or not they're going to be a presidential contender. >> and this is exactly what you're an expert at. you would know when someone's plane shows up who otherwise wasn't supposed to be there. we will keep on covering with you. >> we're going to bring you your next update in an hour. you can also check out cnn
2:00 pm for political news at anytime. okay, we have a new development this hour that we want to talk to you about. obviously a discussion about burning korans in florida continues. the white house briefing is still going on. we want to find out what they are saying about the mosque and the korans. also barbara star and senior white house correspondent ed henry are joining me now because we have a development about the state department. the state department, barbara, telling u.s. travelers to be on the lookout. if this -- this koran burning goes ahead as the pastor terry jones says it will on saturday, that there may be demonstrations and riots and violence and that americans need to be careful. tell whaus we know on this. >> well, you know, it just keeps ratcheting up in terms of the rhetoric to say the least. concerns about americans traveling abroad. earlier today, interpol issuing a statement of concern that there could be violence. just a little while ago, we'll
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talk about the pentagon, a spokesman said that the obama administration is now considering calling the pastor terry jones in florida and having some administration official personally ask him to call it all off. this after jones made it clear through media reports that he was willing to entertain such a call. the pentagon spokesman a little while ago told pentagon reporters that there is a lot of concern about it. he says, quote, we believe it, meaning the potential of koran burning, could seriously endanger our forces. let's listen to a little bit more of what he had to say. >> we have seen worldwide at times violent protests. we saw it in 2005, which led to thelet deaths of 15 people. we want to avoid a repeat of that. we've seen thus far already at the mere threat of this burning protests in afghanistan.
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we saw more there today. so it is a very real concern for us. >> now, morrell went on to say, ali and ed, that the administration is talking about taking this unusual step of calling the pastor and trying to convince him not to go ahead with this because of all these concerns. but let's be clear, there's going to be a huge concern out there if they do this, morrell acknowledged. and that's that they could have copycats. >> tell us what you know from your side? >> well, ali, what's really interesting to me is just a few hours ago, i was sit do you think with someone at the white house says, if the administration calls, maybe he will not go ahead with the koran burning. and this white house person was kind of dismissive of the notion that the pastor would listen and didn't lead me to believe that they were in active talks on calling the pastor. and then as barbara notes, jeff
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morrell decides to go on camera saying there are knew reports saying the pastor may not move forward if we call him. and now there are active ongoing talks at the administration. i'm wondering whether or not the pentagon was putting a little bit of pressure on the white house, if defense secretary robert gates, who he and others as you know, including the president this morn on "good morning america" said look, this could be detrimental to u.s. groups in iraq and afghanistan. but when the white house was initially this morning suggesting that there are no conversations going on and then the pentagon goes on and says well, yes, there are. and then robert gibbs a few minutes later, as barbara suggested, did confirm these n conversations are going on in the administration. >> there wasn't a first amendment issue going on there.
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we're in dangerous territory now, right? you talk about copycats. but we're definitely in dangerous territory. no one has yet come out saying pastor derry jones doesn't have the right. it may be unlight lyghten ed, provocative, ugly. but no one says he doesn't have the right. >> that's what you hear folks at the pentagon say. this is extremely dangerous territory for the military to be involved in and that's why you're seeing part of this very delicate dance. distasteful. people have used the words diskrasful, i believe. all those words being floated around the country and around the world. that said no one has come out and said there's not a right of free speech here. and the u.s. military, very careful not to tread into that. but i think we have more sound from jeff morrell a few moments ago. and you do see a strident tone from the podium here about all of this and the undercurrent remains very much the threat to
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u.s. troops. do we have this sound? >> i know the briefings go on right now, has anything been said about this so far? >>. and robert gibbs was saying this could be december rimtal to u.s. troops. a hateful and offensive act and would be a recruiting act for al qaeda. it echos what the president said on "good morning america." there's more pressure on the president of indonesia, writing president obama a letter saying you need to intervene here. do something. president obama grew up, part of his childhood was in indonesia.
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he made plans this year to travel to indonesia. when that comes into the white house, it's something they're going to listen to, obviously. but when you talk to senior white house fishes, they say what in the world can we do? in another country, if this were coming up, you might go in and arrest the person. as you were talking about freedom of spreech, freedom of religion, you can't do that. they could make a phone call, but as barbara says, that's fraught with some danger as well in terms of copycats and others. this is the issue before them. >> it's also fraught with the danger if that phone call gets made and pastor terry jones goes ahead with the plan, now you've got another issue on your hands. >> well, that's absolutely right. this gets into seriously unchartered territory. what if he goes ahead with it. you know, who's going to be next to demand the president of the united states, the secretary of state gives them a call so they don't jump off a bridge, heaven forbid. this gets into very serious territory. and there's also a question in
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the tops of military commands who deal with the world of islamic fundamentalists whether this train has already left the station. you know, i think secretary clinton made a very strong point the other day when she said in this world of -- essentially she said in this world of social media and communications, this has already spread around the world. >> we don't need to see the first pictures of korans burning to know what this is about. ed, haven't the americans -- hasn't the administration and the military done what it can by saying this is a bad idea. that has to make it to muslim countries that nobody in the leadership thinks this is a good idea. >> right. and i can tell you that the indonesian president wrote president obama and i was trying to get reaction, robert gibbs
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said what more can we say? we've got general petraeus saying this is a stunt. we've got secretary of state clinton, now the spokesman for secretary of defense robert gates, i mean, what more can the administration say to convince the muslim world, look, this is a bad idea. we're completely against it. but as you say, it's already out there that this may happen. it could give america obviously a bad image, even if there are no photos that emerge from this. it's already out there. and as barbara says, with the social media world we're in, this is what the administration is dealing with. you can't just put the president on the phone. let's point out as well this pastor allegedly has about 30 followers. so here you have somebody with maybe 0 followers demanding that the administration call him. if every person who's got 30 followers -- >> he's also got a bit of a history of saying inflammatory things and some very clear bigotry in his past. the problem, barbara, is that we now have the state department warning travelers, we have interpol, we have the defense, we have general petraeus talking
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about dangers. we're moving out of the world of theoretical and into the world of quite possibly practical danger to america and american troops around the world. >> no question about it. one of the things that general petraeus did that's perhaps a little bit unnoticed is his statement of concern was the first real public statement by a very senior official in the national security community, i believe, about this. and he made it after seeing essentially some of those first demonstrations in kabul. right along that time frame a few days ago. when we saw local afghans in the streets of kabul. he didn't make it on a theological basis. he didn't make it on some abstract base sit. he made it on those statements on the basis. and he really led the way in front on this on the basis that it would pose a threat to u.s. troops and to u.s. security. you know, the military has already seen this happen. they saw similar incident, perhaps, in 2005. you'll remember the incident of
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the danish cartoonist. portraying the prophet mohammad and there were riots in the muslim world. they have seen how these things go and that's the real underlying concern. >> let us know as this develops. obviously this thing is gaining a little bit of speed as we get closer to september 11. barbara starr at the pentagon, ed henry at the white house. thanks to both of you. i want to know what you think about this. should the administration be intervening? should somebody call pastor terry jones? should anyone put pressure on terry jones not to burn these korans. and as ed and barbara said, is this one already well on its way and maybe there's nothing anybody can do about it. i also want to talk about education, like we do every day on this show. are public schools better if you just leave it all up to the teachers? the teacher you're about to meet says yes. just put the teachersi running
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>> how can we fix our public schools? teerps think they should make the decisions on how the schools should be run. one elementary school, the motto
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is where teachers lead, children succeed. a school in boston ran last year without a principal and an academy opened with six teachers running things. let's meet dominic lick, the leader of b.r.i.c.k., building responsible, intel enligent kid. what's wrong with principals? now we're blaming principals? why do we want schools without principals again? >> well, we have a principal that we include our master teacher. her main purpose at the school is pretty much to build teachers and coach them to the next level. so while we still have an administrator that basically does the evaluation of the teachers and coaching of the teacher, all the other teachers are given over to our governors body, comprised of teachers. >> let me just get this out of
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the way. but if you're all running the operation, nobody can fire a teacher? >> no, ms. haygood has full authority over the the evaluation of teachers. >> so the b.r.i.c.k. avon academy, you just took this over. this has been a troubled school. 38% of the students in 2009 passed language arts. 14% passed math. now, compare that to 82.5% passing language arts and 71.8% statewide passing math. so you're definitely going into a situation where something has got to change in this school. >> that's correct. something does have to change and our motto is that if we empower the practitioners in our classroom to be the best that they can be, we will start to see a difference in the school. when teachers feel like they have ownership in the school and the mission, we will start to see a change. for example, ms. perry lewis, in just a weeks time, once she heard the mission of b.r.i.c.k., enfeudsing her into the school community she he's gone full
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steam ahead, infusing what the mission is into your lesson planes and ms. olivera, a very fascinating third grade teacher. she wanted to laminate her propertiatrio projects for her class. we asked where she can take them to laminate, we said since all the teachers are in charge, she has full access to all the resources of the school. >> clearly, some of the underperforming measures in this school have got to do with other things, other than the teachers. how much can you make a difference by having teachers running the school? >> we can do a -- it's a huge difference that can be made. practitioners in the classroom are the fundamental changes for changing our urban schools.
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we want to give him or her tools necessary and have a master teacher in ms. haygood coaching them to the next level we're starting to make a difference. >> your master teacher, does she teach? >> she does teach. every administrator in our building teaches between 30 and 45 minutes a day. this year, ms. haygood is concentrate on the first grade. >> okay. so people making decisions are also in the classroom. so you don't have an issue of somebody making decisions that aren't in the best interest of the kids is that the point? >> can you repeat the question? i'm sorry. >> the point is people who are teaching are also the administrators so you don't have people making decisions that are not in the best interest of the kids. >> that's correct.
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>> you look very young. you've been teaching for about three years? how do you know so much about how to solve this problem? >> well, that's the fascinating thing. i taught at an inner city high school and pretty much could not handle the system of failure that i had seen at my high school. i knew i had limitations and that's why i came together with five of my master teacher friends and we came together and formed b.r.i.c.k., building responsible, intelligent, creative kids. we all had different strengths. ms. haygood understands coaching teachers, ms. whiteman, she understands operations and data. ms. scott understands intervention. and ms. williams, she understands early childhood history. it was pretty much us coming together and marrying of our skills that brought this project
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>> growing fresh produce for the hungry. it's something one former wall street executive is doing to give back. >> reporter: the hamptons on the east end of long island new york is known for its extravagance and executive living. after retiring this man and his wife moved east from manhattan to live in a home they had built 30 years ago. to keep busy, he began volunt r volunteering in the area and realized not everyone was wealthy. >> we're going to do collard green. he along with two partners founded farm and pantry incorporate their sustainable organic crops help feed thousands of locals. . >> we grow as much vegetables as we can to feed the food pantries
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in and around east hampton. >> they produced 19,000 pounds of vegetables last year and are on track for 25,000 pounds this year. >> the thought of someone needing food and you have a method of producing it is satisfying. you know you can do it. it just takes a little time. and yes, it is hard work. >> reporter: he works on the farm seven days a week. he says it keeps him young. >> i enjoy planting. i enjoy weeding. i enjoy harvesting, but the most thrilling part comes is when we deliver the food to the different pantries. roort malafronte delivers his produce to four pantries with a fifth soon to come. 35 boxes of vegetables are going to the east hampton food pantry where demand is high.
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gabrielle runs the pantry. she says produce is invaluable. it's fed 27,000 people>> it's tremendous to us. we're still seeing 200 families in the week. in the past we would see 40 or 50 families. the need is so great in the area. i think we're feeding over 800 children a month. once people hear that it really makes an impact on them and they really want to give back. just a simple necessity. food isn't a luxury. it's a necessity. >> reporter: a simple necessity provided by malafronte's farm. >> this is very satisfying. i'm going to do this until the day i fall. >> all right, i want to talk about what's going on across the united states. raging wildfires. a wall of rain, severe weather all across the country right now.
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chad is with me. there's all sorts of things going on in the country right now. take us to colorado first. >> we know about the fire west of boulder. it's kind of out. they have some containment, but look at that, 50 miles an hour wind tonight and 55 miles an hour tomorrow. here's what it looks like. still smoke around the area and people still smeel smeling smoke as the winds blow around. a lot of hot spots are out. to be honest, it's not as bad as it was because they had a couple of good days. but there are so many sparks and embers around and they are going to have to watch where the firefighters are and where the people are, because literally this could jump. at 50 miles an hour, anything, any kind of rain -- yeah, ago, the rain is in arkansas.
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but we don't ever get that option. kansas city had some flooding in springfield, missouri, earlier today. there may be some of these storms a lot like yesterday that could spin. >> right. like what happened in dallas. let's go to dallas because we have that video. i don't know if you've seen it or not. >> it's remarkable. >> this is an area, this is the flooding around arlington. people were getting evacuated here as the water was still rising in some spots. and then the sun came out and when the sun came out, cue the tornado video. the air was muggy. clearly there's enough humidity in the air when it's flooding and you get the air to rise. and that looks ugly. but when you zoom out, it was barely even connected to the cloud above it. maybe 100 miles an hour. and only one real injury that we know of. it was a truck driver that was in a semi going north and when he stopped it was going south and into the building that got knocked down.
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so there were some days yesterday, mom said there will be days like this. windy conditions across colorado. and that igor, sitting throughout way in the middle of the atlantic, doing nothing. let it go. >> all right, good to see you. thanks very much. 12 u.s. soldiers in charge in connection with the killing of afghan civilians and mutilations of their bodies. horrifying. so with more flight options, i can find the combination that gets me there and back quickest. where you book matters. expedia. the smell of home made chili whatever scents fill your household, purina tidy cats scoop helps neutralize odors in multiple cat homes... keeping your house smelling like it should. purina tidy cats scoop. keep your home smelling like home.
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12 u.s. soldiers are facing grisly charges of killing afghan civilian, mutilating their
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bodies and keeping fingers and other parts as souvenirs. five are charged with murder. this shows four of them. they tossed grenades at civilians then shot them. the other seven soldiers are charged with trying to cover up the killings. all are member of the stryker brigade second infantry division. the acts were allegedly carried out near the southern city of kandahar last year and this year. eight of the soldiers are also charged with using hashish and beating a junior soldier to stop him from turning them in. although we don't know where mullah omar is holed up, he's speaking out for the first time in a long time. he boasts his fighters are winning the afghan war and the u.s.-led campaign has been, quote, a complete failure. in a statement published in four languages, he again repeated the demands for foreign forces to leave afghanistan. his statement was posted on jihadist websites and relayed by the site's intelligence group. in part, it said, quote, the
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victory of our islamic nation over the invading infidels is now imminent. it show where is omar is believed to be hiding. in pakistan or along the border areas with pakistan. there are also reports of him being in the afghan city of kandahar. operation freedom, pairing service dogs with wounded warriors. coming up, we'll talk to a woman who's making matches and a vet doing important work. you know, with progressive, you get the option to name your price. is that even possible? uh, absolutely. trade? and i still get great service? more like super great. oh, you have a message. "hello." calculator humor. i'll be here all week. i will -- that was my schedule. the freedom to name your price. now, that's progressive. call or click today.
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>> on this show, nobody ever gets to know that i like dogs,
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because everybody likes dogs more than i do so i never get to say that. we love having animals first of all on this show and telling you as much as we can about them. freedom service dogs a group pairing dogs with disabled veterans. now, joining us live, sharon wilson, who is the sbek tif director of freedom service dogs and a vietnam veteran and advocate, and his dog sierra who unfortunately can't talk so we can't let her steal the show. what is this about? what is freedom service dogs? how did you come up with this and what do you do? >> well, we're a nonprofit. we were founded in 198 7. and what we do is rescue dogs from animal shelter, and then we train them to help people who have disabilities. so they do things like open and close doors, turn the lights on and off, roll people over in bed so they don't get pressure sores.
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pick up things they stop. they just help enhance their lives with everyday tasks. >> where are these dogs mostly from? >> they come from animal shelters. they're mostly abandoned. sierra stud from a shelter in new castle, wyoming. she was found outside of a meth lab where she had been chained out front for a year. we could recognize she had all the skill sets necessary. so she's been a great dog. >> artie, tell me your story. you were in vietnam. what happened there and since? >> yeah. actually april 23 was 43 years ago that i was injured in vietnam. i was hit with three bullet and some grenade shrapnel. but i'm in the wheelchair because of multiple sclerosis.
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the m.s. probably more is the culprit of me being in the wheelchair as opposed to the gunshot wounds. the wounds just gave me physical problems and the m.s. just doesn't let me walk. >> and what does sierra do for you? >> do that again? >> tell me about sierra. >> sierra is probably a survivor as i am. i call us the surviving couple. when i was first introduced to her, i had already just put a dog down a couple years before that. when i first met her, i knew immediately this was really a unique situation. and the way the program -- i'm more for the program. operation freedom, it's hard to describe for those individuals that are not veterans. sierra, sit so they can see you, good girl. >> there are good. that's better. >> veterans that come back, veterans that come back, there's just an isolated world. either you're wounded or you've
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got an arm missing or you can't walk. you find that you live in your own world and it's hard to explain to the able-bodied community. because the obstacle courses when you drop something or you have this fear of going back into a dark corner where you think that that's combat zone and it's really your bedroom. these dogs right here are, like i said, they're survivor, but they're also partners. in my case, my blood pressure has dropped and i take medicine for high blood pressure. and i have dropped down to a normal blood pressure. >> wow. >> 120 over 80. and that's 25 years of ten different kinds of medicine. >> let me ask you this, artie. >> it's 85% sierra. >> it sounds like it. who can resist that little dog. you come across wouned or disabled vets who don't know this might be a good idea for them. and you're an advocate for people using these freedom service dogs.
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>> are you an advocate for using freedom service dogs. >> oh, absolutely. i'm having a difficult time hearing you. i'm an advocate for people with special needs. i don't like disabled. our wheelchairs and adaptive equipment make us more able-bodied than disabled. you have to see us in action. you have to seabrookier a taking clot -- sierra taking clothes out of the dryer. when we come back disabled after serving thf country, you need that independence back, especially in my case, i was a gym nast and a trapeze man and all of a sudden i can't walk. and i have a partner next to me that doesn't care how i look and she knows she's going to go with me with my wheelchair. when i first got her, it was terribly gold. just about two years to the day next month and there was no snow or no ice but there was a thin sheet of glass on the driveway that i slid all the way down. nobody was down there but me and
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sierra. and i didn't know what to do. and she just took control. >> nice. >> she pulled me up the driveway. and i had gone down to the mailbox to get the mail. and i had the same wheelchair but my wheels were spinning. and she got me up there. somebody is there. they don't talk back to us. sometimes you don't even need to tell them and they just do it. >> artie, thanks so much for that. artie guerrero is a vietnam vet and sharon wilson is the executive director of freedom service dogs. thanks so much to both of you for being with us to today. and for more, be sure to go to my web page. when we come back, ed henry is at the white house. he's got the latest on a travel advisory issued for americans over this florida pastor's plan
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>> let's go to the white house. well, i thought it was the white house. ed is standing in front of the washington bureau. he's there with my good friend -- is he there? is preston right there? can we just see where you guys are? that is so good. mark and i traveled across the country together on a bus once. >> oh yeah? that sounds like an interesting story. >> let's keep that story. >> ed, let's go back to you. you've been busy, you didn't get to see the warm-up act. >> a few weeks ago you had an 80-pound green pepper. that was a good segment. >> yeah, aid cute little dog on just now. >> so what are you saying about me? >> i'm just saying it was a good warm-up for you so you better be good. >> there are a lot of people interested in applying to us about our neck guys. -- neckties. >> roland takes it up a notch.
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>> unfortunately, we have other burning issues to deal with today. >> the white house has been relatively quiet in recent days about this whole, the potential koran burning on saturday on the 9/11 anniversary. secretary clinton saying look, this could pose a huge threat to u.s. troops in iraq and afghanistan. but the president hadn't said anything until this morning when he was on "good morning america." he called that this pastor's actions a stunt and said this is going to harm u.s. troops and is against all american values in terms of religious freedoms and tolerance. this has now been jacked up a bit by the fact that the president is weighing in and we're getting closer to this potential koran burning. the question for the white house is will they intervene? this bass tor down in florida suggested if he gets a call from the administration, he may reconsider and not move forward.
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what kind of precedent does that start? if he can stort ort of pretssur white house into calling him. but the stakes are so high, they may just do it. >> this guy was a congressman, a real political player, and now there's talk about rahm emanuel going back to chicago. what's the skeinny? >> he made it abundantly clear that he would love to be mayor of chicago and ray chard daley just announced he's going to retire. when the mayor has been on the job for 26 years, it doesn't open very frequently. so it seems very clear that rahm emanuel is going to run. he wants space to think about it. but the president went on tv and said i think he'll be a great mayor. forget any pretense of saying i'm not sure if he's going to do
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it. when he goes out and says look, i think he'll be a great mayor, i think it's clear he's going to raun. but basically, rahm emanuel has now canceled a whole bunch of fundraising appearances he was supposed to be doing this weekend in chicago for vulnerable house democrat and what-not. they're saying it's because of scheduling conflicts. we're hearing he just doesn't want to walk into this media storm in chicago right now, will he or won't he right now. he wants to give this lateal bit more time. >> who replaces him? >> it's going to be fascinating. the bottom line is when i've been talking to senior democrats the last 24, 36 hours about this, they say there's one big dynamic hanging over who will replace rahm emanuel. that's the new white house chief of staff is going to have a whole new dynamic. probably a republican congress, or a democratic congress with just a thin margin of error, five, six seats in charge. nothing like they've got now, a 39-seat margin. nothing like a nine-seat margin in the u.s. senate.
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you may have a situation even if the democrats keep senate majority, 51, 52 seats. you're going to need someone who can work with congress. valley jarrett has got one ingrediei ingredient the other cameras don't have. she's close not just to the president, but the first lady. >> can you set up mark preston? i want to talk to him. >> go ahead, mark. >> you're all set up there. >> you deserve a proper
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introduction. time for your politics update with mark preston joining us from washington. he is part of the best political team on television. what's on the ticker this hour. >> first, let's just say, we welcomed ed into our kitchen today, but now let's try to get him now, ali. just brush him off to the side. let's talk real raw politics now. literally in the last ten minutes. michelle bachmann, this explosive republican congresswoman from minnesota put out a fundraising solicitation. she's using barack obama as the main point in it. and what she says is real interesting. this just came into my e-mail box. she says they're attacking me because i pose the biggest threat to their far left agenda. and she says if i lose, the tea party movement will remain in power. so she's trying to raise some money off of president obama.
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let's move down, again, keeping with this whole raw politics that we're focussing on, midterm elections. let's go down to south carolina and talk about something we spoke about for a long time ago. vincent shee han is going after nicky haley. he's going after her in a new add and linking nikki haley to mark sanford. i tell you, he's got a lot of work to do down in south carolina. very much a republican state. >> you mean politically or otherwise? >> pillically. not otherwise. of course not otherwise. we have former governor roy barnes. a democrat running away from the obama administration. he's under attack right now by
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national republicans. a multimedia campaign attacking him because he's a trial lawyer. lots going on. a lot of ads going on. a lot of negative stuff going on. >> mark preston, that was so energetic and big. all you did when we traveled across the country was sleep. >> coffee, my friend, coffee. >> we'll be talking to you again tomorrow. >> acts of charity put into a lens of naughty and nice.
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okay, time for "world play." we talked about the u.s. falling to fourth place in clowe ball competitiveness. there's another study out called the world giving index. the u.s. ranks fifth on this one. this is really a list you want to be near the top of. it's done by the charity aids foundation it. measures the willingness of people to donate their time and money to charity. australia and new zealand tied for the top spot on the world giving index. canada and ireland tied for third. the u.s. tied with switzerland for fifth. russia and china finished near the bottom of 153 nations surveyed. 63% of americans donate money. 39% donate time as a volunteer. 65% say they helped a stranger in the last month. cnn just did a poll asking americans about terrorism. the results may surprise some of you. you try to lie low, get the lay of the land.
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aspercreme breaks the grip, with maximum-strength medicine and no embarrassing odor. break the grip of pain with aspercreme. >> it ice time now for the "xyz" of it. if you listen to some politicians and pundits, you would think all roads lead to terrorism. terrorism is constantly brought up in the debate over putting an islamic center and mosque near ground zero. i want to share the results of a brand-new cnn opinion research corporation poll. nine years after 9/11. nearly 2/3 of americans say they're not worried about becoming a victim of terrorism. most say they're ready to deal with an attack if the worst should happen. these americans certainly aren't naive, nor are they ignorant to the dang oefrs global terrorism.
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in fact, a record number says the zus unlikely to ever capture or kill osama bin laden. only 36% say the country is safer from terrorism than before 9/11. 6 in 10 believe it's necessary for the u.s. to keep troops in afghanistan to prevent further acts of terror in america. so look, i'm not presenting these poll results as a reason to be less concerned about terrorism. i'm not belittling the losses loved once of terrorism suffered in the past and continue to suffer. this is to reflect the human spirit, the faith of people in their neighbor, the dogged determination of human beings to not live in fear. is the world free of terrorist threat of course not. are terrorists looking for another massive attack? of course they are. but their misguided plots will never stand up to the confidence and strength of people around the world, the strength to stand firm, the strength to recover in

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